Spring 2020

Message from the Dean

David V. Powers, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, reflects on the past few months.

Graphic shapes floating and overlapping, text reads, CurveCon

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is hosting Curve Conference, their first conference showcasing student work, on April 23 and 24.

Originally planned as an on-campus event, the conference will be hosted as a Zoom webinar. It features research, videos, performances, and visual art by students from across Seattle U colleges and majors.

The schedule, with presenters and topics, and the link to free registration are available here.

More Arts and Sciences Virtual Events

Our programs are adapting to our current circumstances and moving events online.

Performing Arts and Arts Leadership and Art and Art History are developing online performances and exhibitions for the Spring Quarter and graduating seniors.

The Death Penalty in the Age of Data, Science, and Abolition, webinar, May 22, hosted by the Criminal Justice Department and Criminal Justice Research Center. Featured speakers include Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking; Kirk Bloodsworth, Death Row Exoneree and Executive Director of Witness to Innocence; and Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney. Register here.


Arts and Sciences Alumni and Faculty: In Light of the Pandemic

Our alumni and faculty are helping their communities and sharing their stories during this challenging time.

Osbaldo Hernandez, BA, Public Affairs ‘12,, and his family own Frelard Tamales, and they are packing free sack lunches for children who are out of school. Read the Seattle Times article.

Meaghen Leferink, MFA '18 is the Executive Director of Seattle Girls Choir, who shared the song “No Time,” which they originally planned to perform at their Cabaret fundraiser in March that was cancelled. Watch the performance.

Brandon Morrison, BA, Theology and Religious Studies, ‘14, is a fitness coach who has turned to baking as the coronavirus has created big professional changes. “I’ve been the bread winner, ironically, for the last two years while my wife has been in nursing school. We depended on that coaching income to make ends meet. It’s really hard to know what life will be like after this but I’d love to be the bread man in this town." Read the interview with him.

ChrisTiana ObeySumner, BA, Psychology with Honors, '13 and MNPL, '16, and a Seattle-based social equity and intersectional disability justice consultant, in The Seattle Times: “Where was this urgency and empathy before? [This experience has shown that] if something is important for [non-disabled people], for their survival, for their protection, they will put that in place.” ChrisTiana is also a Seattle U MPA candidate, set to graduate this year. Read the article.

Dr. Kira Mauseth, Psychology, in The Seattle Times: “People are understandably focused on too much of the big picture. What we are really trying to emphasize is concentric circles of care. Focus on yourself and family, then neighbors, then community. Reach out only in those circles, because that’s what you have the energy and bandwidth for. It allows you to focus on what you can control. Anxiety is the lack of control.” Read the article.

Dr. Aakanksha Sinha, Social Work, is also the co-owner of Spice Waala, on Capitol Hill. Beginning March 30, they began providing 50 free hot meals on Monday and Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Heidi Neff, MNPL, is a youth tutoring program manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington and participated in this meal delivery effort.

Benjamin Griffiths, BA Arts Leadership '19, talked about his upcoming retirement and the challenges presented by the cancellation of Pacific NW Ballet's season in an interview with Marcie Sillman on KUOW. Benjamin and his current dance partner, Leta Biasucci (BA '18) earned his degree through , a partnership between Seattle University​ and Pacific Northwest Ballet​. Read/listen here.

The Kinesiology Department created a win-win solution for Sport and Exercise Science students who needed practical experience this quarter. The class requites working with “clients” and, with social distancing, they turned it into virtual personal training. SU faculty and staff had the opportunity to sign up for a free 8-week exercise program, tailored to their personal fitness/health goals.


2020 Alumni Awards

Frist, we mourn the loss of Taylene Watson who passed away on March 26. She was recognized locally and nationally for her leadership in advancing the social work profession and issues of social justice. Our condolences to her family and friends.

We were very disappointed that we couldn't celebrate with everyone at the 35th Alumni Awards Reception. But we are thrilled to recognize this year's award recipients:

  • 2020 Alumnus of the Year: Joseph Nguyen, ‘06
  • 2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna, Aerica Shimizu Banks, ‘10
  • 2020 Professional Achievement Award, Eddie Miles, ‘64
  • 2020 Community Service Award, Delores Davis, ‘51
  • 2020 University Service Award, Taylene Watson, MSW

2020 Alumnus of the Year: Joseph Nguyen, ‘06

2020 Outstanding Recent Alumna, Aerica Shimizu Banks, ‘10

2020 Professional Achievement Award, Eddie Miles, ‘64

2020 Community Service Award, Delores Davis, ‘51

2020 University Service Award, Taylene Watson, MSW

Learn more about the award winners and watch acceptance videos on the Alumni Awards website.

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